Clinton Campaign Denies AP Report That She Will Concede Obama Has Won
Update: Statement from Clinton Campaign:
The AP story is incorrect. Senator Clinton will not concede the nomination this evening.
Update: The Clinton campaign has sent out a press release denying the AP report. She will not suspend her campaign tonight nor will she concede Obama is the defacto winner. I just got off the phone with her internet communications director who told me he just received a copy.
So now the AP is falling for a story the only effect of which would be voter suppression in two states? How do these things happen? [More...]
The Associated Press is reporting that Hillary Clinton will neither suspend her campaign nor end her bid for the nomination in her speech tonight but she will acknowledge that Barack Obama has enough delegates to get the nomination.
The former first lady will stop short of formally suspending or ending her race in her speech in New York City. Obama is 40 delegates shy of clinching the nomination, but he is widely expected to make up the difference Tuesday with superdelegate support and votes in South Dakota and Montana. Once he reaches the magic number of 2,118, Clinton will acknowledge that he has secured the necessary delegates to be the nominee.
She will pledge to continue to speak out on issues like health care. But for all intents and purposes, the two senior officials said, the campaign is over.
I think whatever she does will be driven by the response she gets from superdelegates.
We will wait until Hillary publicly announces her decision. No one knows what she is going to say, except her closest advisers and speechwriter, and I doubt they would tell the media she is going to suspend her campaign just as polls are opening in two states. That would kill turnout. As long as Hillary remains in the race, we don't have a winner, only an apparent one.
If and when she ends her campaign and throws her support behind Barack Obama, TalkLeft will as well. But not before then.
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